How To Survive Finals

Finals are upon us. It's a dreaded time of stress and poor eating choices. Freaking out sucks. Being overwhelmed with a lot of projects is tough. Here are 6 helpful hints on how to be more relaxed during finals.

1. Be Organized.

My nifty little organizer has a calendar that I can just glance at and know what is due on a specific date. Color coordination helps, too. Lists in the back tell me what I need to do on that specific day. I love lists. No joke. Crossing stuff off of them is the best feeling ever.

2. Eat Well!
Eating chips and chocolate and french fries my be tempting this time of year, but then you feel all sluggish and unmotivated. Instead of reaching for that bag of Cheetos, eat some pineapple or grapes. The sweetness will  satisfy you and fill you up longer than the high processed food will.

3. Stock Up On Caffeine. 
Last year when I was working on a Russian history paper, the Starbucks Double Shots became my best friend. I was able to sit and focus and knock that paper out before 2 AM. It was awesome.

4. Sleep.
Yes, large intakes of caffeine and sleeping don't really mix. But sleep is very, very important. Give yourself a time limit, like going to bed by 1 AM. It helps break up your project or paper or study time so you're not super over whelmed and you get that much needed sleep.

5. Don't Do Too Much At One Time.
Trying to do too much at one time is never a good idea. You get over whelmed by all the things you're trying to do at once and you never get as much done as you would like. If you're gonna study that Bio test and try to write your history paper in the same night, it's probably not going to work out so well. If you want to do that, break it up into hour intervals or 90 minute intervals.

6. Make A Soundtrack To Study Time.
Or just use Pandora. The two that I listen to the most are "Pumped Up Kicks Radio" and "Somebody That I Used To Know Radio". Two different sounds to help break things up. Very wonderful. What do you like to listen to while you study??

Got any study tips? Leave a comment!


  1. EXERCISE! Clears the brain and gives you energy! Plus it's good for you!

    Also, a school tip in general: do everything as soon as you get it (if you can)! That way, the last weeks of school will be a breeze and you can enjoy yourself then. :)

  2. Old Lady Linda7/16/2012 10:57 AM

    Love those two songs, too, Bailey. Just discovered your blog today. You've got a good eye. Somebody That I Used To Know makes me cry...everytime.